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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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"Animal Behavior" is the first and up to date (July 2009) only single by supergroup Praxis.

The song was a natural choice to promote the band's debut album as well as Bill Laswell's new label Axiom since it was the only song of the album to contain lyrics. The vocals were done by former P-Funk member Bootsy Collins who also plays "space bass" while his P-Funk colleague Bernie Worrell can be heard on keyboards. Furthermore the core members, San Francisco Bay Area musicians Bryan "Brain" Mantia (drums) and Buckethead (guitars) plus mastermind Bill Laswell (samples) were reinforced by turntablist Af Next Man Flip (aka Afrika Baby Bam of the Jungle Brothers).

The single includes three different versions of the title track written by Collins, Laswell and Buckethead, an edited album version from Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis), a short radio edit and a third version that was used for the music video. The original seven minute album version was also released on the EP A Taste of Mutation in the same year and later included to the Axiom compilation Funkcronomicon in 1995 while the video edit was re-released in 1993 on Manifestation: Axiom Collection II. The song also was included as the last part of the suite "Cosmic Trigger" on the album Axiom Ambient - Lost in the Translation in 1994.


A video was released for promoting the album and single. It features frequent scenes shot in night vision, footage of guitarist Buckethead moving around and a monster made out of trash. When singer Bootsy Collins starts singing the first verse, another monster made out of soda cans appears. The video later shows how Buckethead fights the first robot with his severed hand but the monster manages to decapitate him. After that the band is shown playing the song in night vision. A scarecrow with a square head appears when the mellow part of the song starts. The members of the band are shown against a sunset background. The video ends with still shots of all the band members and the music fading out. The video clip was played on MTV's Amp and was included in Buckethead's 2006 DVD Secret Recipe.


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